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    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
     (10425.21)
    Re: Sherlock...

    Though I'll miss
    Moriarty, if he's dead, I'm generally okay with the finale - lots of things about Sherlock's "death" were blatantly suspicious, yeah, but no matter how convincing they made it it still would've been obvious he wasn't dead, because the show isn't called Holmes. I'll grant that the trial has a lot of refrigerator logic going on, but the nice thing about Sherlock episodes spanning months at a time is that there's lots of room for things to happen that don't get mentioned. Maybe it's not the series' finest moment, but I can live with it - and the episode's story isn't over yet, so there's always the chance that the next premiere will introduce new information on the matter.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
     (10425.22)
    I am building up a load in my left nut which I am reserving specifically for the Justified premiere.


    And I am now thoroughly spent.
  1.  (10425.23)
    God yes. SO glad Justified is back. And White Collar.

    And Archer on Thursday!
    • CommentAuthorSantos
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
     (10425.24)
    Missed the White Collar premier for the Southland premier on TNT. Super good. One of the best cop shows I have seen in a while.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
     (10425.25)
    The Napoleon Dynamite cartoon was . . . predictably awful. Not badly produced or badly animated. They've got a lot of the original voices. The art isn't bad.

    But the two stories I've seen thus far entirely miss what made the original film so charming. Heck, they betray the original charm and sense of the movie.

    Napoleon Dynamite, the movie, was about humble, strange, not terribly competent misfits struggling for dignity in an environment of grinding backwater mundanity. They manage to achieve a small, mundane victory.

    The cartoon reminds me of other cartoons I saw in my '70s kid-hood,, in which celebrities and/or famous characters (Mr. T, The Addams Family, Gary Coleman, the Brady Bunch, the Harlem Globetrotters) are thrown into generic supernatural or mystery or SF adventures.
  2.  (10425.26)
    Justified made a damn glorious return last night. I'm really looking forward to the way the plots that have been set up are going to go forward. The end of the episode was great.
    Raylan tugging the tablecloth was doubly clever in that it was both a good trick in the fight and a move that the audience wasn't expecting at all. Or at least I wasn't. Also, Boyd just keeps getting more and more interesting.


    I saw the premiere of Alcatraz and wasn't really all that impressed. The premise could be made into something really interesting but I'm a long way from convinced that they're going to. And the dialogue wasn't too good either. Could certainly improve. Guess we'll see.

    I'm also a big Hell on Wheels fan. I love the larger than life characters and the grimy, muddy stories. The acting is excellent.
    And holy shit, a guy got decapitated with his own sword. Holy shit.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
     (10425.27)
    I watched the Hell on Wheels finale last night. I think things are well set up for the next season, if there is one.
    The decapitation leads to an interesting change in attitude, and some desperate attempts at head-hiding, by our friendly neighborhood preacher.


    The mellow medical drama / comedy Royal Pains begins another half-season tonight. Kind of like a really laid-back House.
  3.  (10425.28)
    Red Dwarf is filming now...
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
     (10425.29)
    Chuck has finally ended as a series and managed, at the end, to reclaim some of the sweetness and fun that made it "must see" for the first couple of seasons or so at least. Overall, I think I'd have preferred to have ended with last season's finale, but this, this was still pretty good at the end.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
     (10425.30)
    A little less than 25 years ago I watched the pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation on shitty broadcast (although, I would see no flaws at the time), then, 10 years ago I started buying the season on brilliant DVD. Now, tonight, I am watching Encounter at Farpoint on glorious fucking blu-ray. This is what blu-ray is for me. Taking something old and spit-shining the hell out of it to make it a new again, it is a pretty damned remarkable difference.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
     (10425.31)
    I was dubious about the whole BluRay thing until I got the ultra-extended version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

    The ultra-extended footage was crappy 16mm, spliced into the film here and there. But the restored original prints from the Kino vaults . . . . oh, man. There's a scene where Frederson and Rotwang grab flashlights and descend into the labyrinth beneath Metropolis. And those flashlights. . . . you can see the reflections off of the lenses of the flashlights. OTOH, the hi-res images make the special effect composite scenes less convincing. You can see where the models and real life were stitched together.

    I've got 2001 and a few other notable films on BluRay. Waiting for when I'm in the mood.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
     (10425.32)
    I just got a player a couple months back so I don't have much but Star Wars is equally as fantastic.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2012
     (10425.33)
    I just saw a trailer on 4 for a upcoming series called Homeland.It looks like it has the potential to be fairly entertaining.Supposedly award winning.If it's been aired already in the States i was wondering if anyone had seen it.

    2001 and Metropolis on BluRay.Sounds like viewing heaven to me.
  4.  (10425.34)
    HOMELAND had some wonderful moments. I consider it well-worth the watch.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2012
     (10425.35)
    @Flecky: Homeland is definitely worth watching. It has a couple predictable twists, but there were a few I didn't see coming. Beyond that though the characters and situations were well done and intriguing.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2012
     (10425.36)
    Great.That's good to know.Cheers folks.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2012
     (10425.37)
    I loved Fringe last night. Jasika Nicole did some wonderful work as the two Astrids. I just want to marry her or Astrid and have her kids. Except that I'm male and she's gay. And Astrid is a fictional character, and probably also gay. So I doubt it's going to happen.
    • CommentAuthorkhaoohs
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2012
     (10425.38)
    @flecky

    I enjoyed Homeland immensely, thought it was one of the best written shows I've seen in a while.
    Highly recommended.
    • CommentAuthorkhaoohs
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2012
     (10425.39)
    Just started on Spartacus: Vengeance. Having a hard time getting into this season, but I've only watched the first episode so far. Not nearly as much sex and blood as the previous seasons. I need to fulfill the desires of my inner teenager.
  5.  (10425.40)
    Did you miss the whorehouse scene? Plenty of boobs, blood and sex there.
    I actually thought that maybe S:V would be toned down right up until then.